John W. Clay

John W. Clay

Ajamie LLP
  • Business Law
  • Texas
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Biography

John Clay has a diverse legal practice advising and representing individuals and multi-national corporations in complex litigation disputes. He is a skilled litigator with first-chair commercial trial and arbitration experience, and has represented clients in multiple areas of litigation including engineering design and construction litigation, civil RICO litigation, class action and multidistrict litigation proceedings, investment disputes, energy litigation, complex contractual disputes, cross-border litigation, transportation liability defense, and employment litigation.

Mr. Clay has represented clients in multiple lawsuits at the state and federal court level and in domestic and international arbitrations. His experience extends to cross-border commercial litigation, including representation of Latin American corporations in state and federal court proceedings. His proficiency in simplifying and presenting complex legal and technical issues has enabled him to successfully represent clients in jury and bench trials, evidentiary hearings and appeals, including a civil RICO jury verdict that resulted in a $112 million judgment.

Mr. Clay served for a year as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, and served for two years as a task force staff attorney for the First Court of Appeals in Houston. He has participated in multiple appellate proceedings in private practice in addition to his trial practice.

Practice Area
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Additional Practice Areas
  • Transactional Matters
  • Commercial Litigation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Texas
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5th Circuit
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Ajamie LLP
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Current position
Task-Force Staff Attorney for the Honorable F. Lee Duggan, Jr.
Court of Appeals for the First Supreme Judicial District of Texas
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Associate
Baker Botts LLP
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Clerk
Chief Justice Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
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Education
University of Houston Law Center
J.D. (1996)
Honors: cum laude
Activities: Note & Comment Editor, University of Houston Law Review Order of the Barons
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Rice University
B.A. (1993) | Classical Studies
Honors: National Merit Finalist
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Awards
Texas Super Lawyer
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John has won this award every year from 2012-2020.
Professional Associations
State Bar of Texas  # 00796366
Member
Current
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American Bar Association
Member
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ABA's Energy Litgation Journal
Assistant Editor
Current
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ABA Energy Litgation Journal Editorial Board
Member
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Bar Association of the Fifith Federal Circuit
Member
Current
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Houston Bar Association
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Commentary: Help for Securities Fraud Plaintiffs Seeking Class Certification
Texas Lawyer
An Explosion of Litigation: BP and Deepwater Horizon
ABA’s Energy Litigation Newsletter
Websites & Blogs
Website
John W. Clay, Partner - Ajamie LLP
Contact & Map
Ajamie LLP
711 Louisiana Street
Suite 2150
Houston, TX 77002
Telephone: (713) 860-1600
Fax: (713) 860-1699
Monday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
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